What is it, that sets us apart?

gewerkdesign provides custom-made solutions, resorting to creative ideas from all areas of design. These different creative sources serve as tools for making concepts, content and mental images visible, beforehand contemplating about the topics, the rooms and implications carefully. By taking into account the views of all parties involved, gewerkdesign is able to make creative decisions that have a positive influence on the exhibition space, graphics, products, media applications and projects.

A creative process seldom resembles a straight line, it is a dynamic process rather like an organic, dynamic movement.

11. December 2020
• Hot off the press

This year, we are slowly getting reading for the holidays and end of the year in an unexpectedly different way. Nobody could have imagined what 2020 would hold in store for us. So we added extra love to our Christmas card, which this year wants to be folded rather than flapped. It’s here, ready to be shipped. Write to us digitally if you would like to have some color fluttered into your house and we will send you this year’s Christmas mail in an analog way.

> Your address to: eingang (at)

09. November 2020
Nordsee ist Mordsee

We gladly announce that we have won yet another design competition for an exhibition at the Altona Museum in Hamburg. Our last project there, the special exhibition „Schöner wohnen in Altona?“ opened in 2018. The design process for the exhibition dedicated to the 120 years of cinema history in Hamburg will start in September 2021. It approaches its topic from a very interesting and, let’s say, atmospheric point of view: apart from learning more about Hamburg’s cinema history and Altona’s part in this, the visitors will learn more about classic films from Hamburg and see original film sets from popular movies. This shall be all for now, prepare to be amazed. Our gewerkdesign team contains many enthusiastic film fans and we are already looking forward to the exhibition „Nordsee ist Mordsee – 120 years of film from Hamburg“.

Where: Altonaer Museum, Museumstraße 23, 22765 Hamburg
When: starting aprox. September 2021

> Altonaer Museum

27. October 2020
• A Tribute to Space Travel

Up to space and back. The new special exhibition “Up To Space” at the Universum in Bremen presents future and present of astronautical space travel. Choosing this site for the exhibition is no coincidence, as space science and technology is very important for the city of Bremen and its many scientific institutes. Furnishing an area of 500 sqm, the interactive exhibition takes the visitors on a journey to space, to far-away planets, and back to earth. Divided into seven chapters, the exhibition offers the visitors an analogous and digital approach to astronautical space travel with a multitude of interactive exhibits, multimedia installations, films and a number of original artefacts. After Bremen, the “Up To Space” exhibition will travel to Paris, Barcelona and Valencia.

Where: Universum Bremen, Wiener Str. 1a, 28359 Bremen
When: 27. October 2020 – 01. September 2021

> Universum Bremen

The name of our company states our agenda. The Middle High German term »gewerk« was first noted in the 13th century. Our company’s founders found the term very appealing because it aptly described their conceptual, interdisciplinary design approach, when they founded the company in 1993 – perhaps today even more so:

• describing a unit working together with other units
• a facility setting something in motion
• an entirety of handycraftsmen, guild
• the wickerwork of spiders, the honeycomb of bees
• place or institution, in which tasks are performed

(cited from: Grimm, J. and W. – Deutsches Wörterbuch 1854 und Paul, H. – Deutsches Wörterbuch, 1897.)

Phonetically, the German term »gewerk« goes well with the English term »design«. Combining these two terms also indicates how design in our opinion is more than its separate creative disciplines. Only by combining many different kinds of creative skills and entering the designing process together with our clients we are able to create design solutions that are durable and effective, and a design process that is a design creation in itself.

Underlining this special design approach, the terms »gewerk« und »gewerkdesign« have been trademarked in 2008.

gewerk is also a place where our skills are being pooled together, a place for working and communicating. It usually is here that first introductions are made and first meetings take place.

The office provides room for interconnecting the creative skills of our experienced and talented scenographic artists, architects, graphic designers, media designers, product designers, and interior designers.

We value a friendly atmosphere and treat each other with respect and kindness.

Profile: Roughly, our projects can be divided into three different phases: evaluation, design, and implementation. Our team offers all three of these services. In order to see the approved design translated into the imagined form, trusting us with the implementation phase of the project is especially important. Resulting from this particular approach are both a design product and a process custom-made for our clients.

Evaluation: In the beginning of a designing process it is of key importance to thoroughly register the task in its entirety and to take all its complex implications into account. Best practice for this is listening attentively and observing the rooms and situations to be designed carefully. Working together, communicating openly and at eye level, the project with gather momentum and live up to its potential.

Design: As soon as the evaluation is complete, the next task is to agree upon a design solution and to identify the creative tools and resources that will lead to this solution, rendering the design process  constructive, time-saving, and cost-efficient for all involved.

Implementation: For the implementation phase it takes experience, reliability and perseverance. Many of our clients have been working with us for years, rely on several of our services and entrust us with their projects through many stages of its development.

We assemble our team according to the respective phase of the project and rely on a network of partners and experts for very specific tasks.

In the roughly 20 years of our company’s existence, we have accompanied more than 130 exhibitions and complex museum projects. We offer the experiences gathered from these projects to our clients for other projects as well, for instance creating durable brand designs (Berlin Congress Center since 2002 bcc), globally trend-setting products (velotaxis City Cruiser I, II and Delivery Crusier), or internationally awarded graphic designs (Logo of the Berlin Wall). We also provide consultancy services for project management and design processes, and organize strategy workshops for developing a sustainable future vision for a project (Masterplan study Bremer Landesmuseum).


• Amerikanische Botschaft Berlin
• Amt für Kultur der Stadt Dessau-FRoßlau
• ARD Hauptstadtstudio
• ARD Stuttgart
• Arolsen Archives – International FCenter on Nazi Persecution
• Asklepios Klinik Hamburg-Harburg
• ASTAK e.V. Berlin
• Augustinermuseum Freiburg


• Bauhaus-Archiv, Museum für FGestaltung Berlin
• BBWA Berlin-Brandenburgische FAkademie der Wissenschaften
• bcc Berlin Congress Center GmbH
• Berlin Bürgerbüro e.V.
• Berliner Forsten – Landesforstamt
• Berliner Forum für Geschichte und FGegenwart e.V.
• Berolina Strahlau
• Bertelsmann AG Berlin
• Bitan GmbH Berlin
• Bundesanstalt für Arbeit
• Bundesbeauftragter für die Unterlagen Fdes Staatssicherheitsdienstes der Fehemaligen Deutschen FDemokratischen Republik (BStU) FBerlin
• Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung FBerlin
• Bürger Museum Wolfenbüttel


• Caesar – Center of Advanced FEuropean Studies and Research Bonn
• Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, FCampus Benjamin Franklin
• Complan Medien GmbH Hamburg
• Cronos Verlag, Zürich


• Danfoss Universe Nordborg F(Denmark)
• Das Verborgene Museum, Berlin
• Der Beauftragte für Kunst und Medien Fder Bundesrepublik Deutschland FBerlin
• Design Zentrum Bremen
• Deutsche Bahn AG Berlin
• Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie FBerlin
• Deutsche Gesellschaft für FGefäßchirurgie Berlin und Dresden
• Deutsches Architektur-Museum FFrankfurt
• Deutsches Museum München
• Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
• Deutschlandradio Kultur Berlin
• DSK Deutsche Stadt- und FGrundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft FWiesbaden


• envirosax Pty Ltd Southport F(Australia)
• Europäische Kommission Berlin


• Fernuniversität Hagen
• Fiedler Architekten
• Focke Museum – Bremer FLandesmuseum für Kunst und FKulturgeschichte
• Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


• Galerie am Lützowplatz Berlin
• Gasometer Oberhausen GmbH
• Gärtnermuseum Wolfenbüttel e.V.
• Gedenkstätte Berlin-FHohenschönhausen
• Georg-Kolbe-Museum Berlin
• Grün Berlin GmbH
• Gruner + Jahr Druck- und Verlagshaus FHamburg


• Haferl AG Zug (Switzerland)
• Hansestadt Wismar
• Haus der Brandenburgisch-FPreußischen Geschichte Potsdam
• Havelklinik Berlin
• Hertha BSC GmbH + Co. KG
• hhpberlin Ingenieurgesellschaft für FBrandschutz mbH
• Hochschule für Künste im Sozialen FOttersberg
• Hochschule Luzern (Switzerland)
• Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum FTanz Berlin SODA.WORKS


• Industriemuseum Chemnitz
• Institut für Tropenmedizin Charité FBerlin
• Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin
• Interstuhl Büromöbel GmbH + Co. KG FMeßstetten-Tieringen


• JOVIS Verlag Berlin
• Jüdisches Museum Berlin
• Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt/M.
• Jüdisches Theater Stockholm F(Sweden)


• Kernkraftwerk Gösgen-Däniken AG F(Switzerland)
• Knesebeck Verlag, München
• Koehler & Amelang Verlag, Leipzig
• Kulturinstitut der Stadt Braunschweig
• Kulturstiftung des Bundes
• Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz


• Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart
• Leibniz Universität Hannover
• Lexington Communications GmbH FBerlin
• Lufthansa Consulting GmbH Köln
• LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern


• Max Planck Gesellschaft, Harnack-FHaus
• Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur FFörderung der Wissenschaften e.V. FMünchen
• mementoFilm GmbH Berlin
• Miraikan – National Museum of FEmerging Science and Innovation, FTokio (Japan)
• Modulor GmbH Berlin
• MODUS Möbel GmbH Berlin
• Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
• Museum für Kommunikation Bern F(Switzerland)
• Museum für Kommunikation FFrankfurt/M.
• Museum für Kommunikation FHamburg
• Museum für Kommunikation FNürnberg
• Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe FHamburg
• Museum für Kunst und FKulturgeschichte Dortmund
• Museum für Natur und Mensch FOldenburg
• Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
• Museum für Sepulkralkultur Kassel
• Museum Neukölln Berlin
• Museum Strauhof Zürich F(Switzerland)
• Museum Wolfenbüttel


• Naturhistorisches Museum Bern F(Switzerland)
• Nicolai Verlag, Berlin
• Nobel Museum Stockholm (Sweden)
• Norstedts Verlag, Stockholm F(Sweden)


• Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung FBerlin
• Ostfriesisches Landesmuseum FEmden
• Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
• Ökodorf Brodowin


• Porzellanfabriken Christian Seltmann FGmbH
• Posteo e.V., Berlin
• Projektbüro Gartenregion Hannover


• Ricordi & C.S.r.l. Mailand (Italy)


• Sandstein Verlag Dresden
• SCC Events GmbH
• Schiffahrtsmuseum der Foldenburgischen Unterweser e.V.
• Schwedische Botschaft Berlin
• Schwedisches Architekturmuseum FStockholm (Sweden)
• Senatsverwaltung für FStadtentwicklung Berlin
• Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, FForschung und Kultur Berlin
• Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen FThüringen Frankfurt/M.
• Sprengel Museum Hannover
• Staatliche Kunstsammlungen FDresden
• Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und FGärten Sachsen gGmbH
• Stadt Dessau-Roßlau
• Stadt Doberlug-Kirchhain
• Stadt Frankfurt am Main
• Stadt Wolfenbüttel
• Stadtmuseum Oldenburg
• StadtPalais – Museum für Stuttgart
• Stadtverwaltung der Wartburgstadt FEisenach
• Stadtverwaltung Hohen Neuendorf FBerlin
• Städtische Museen Freiburg
• Stanford University Press, Stanford, FCalifornia (USA)
• stilwerk Berlin
• Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin


• Stiftung Berliner Mauer
• Stiftung Deutsches Historisches FMuseum Berlin
• Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum FDresden
• Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum FBerlin
• Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, FVersöhnung Berlin
• Stiftung Gedenkstätten Buchenwald Fund Mittelbau-Dora
• Stiftung Historische Museen FHamburg, Altonaer Museum
• Stiftung Historische Museen FHamburg, Museum der Arbeit
• Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin
• Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten in FSachsen-Anhalt
• Stiftung niedersächsische FGedenkstätten Celle
• Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und FGärten Berlin-Brandenburg Potsdam
• Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten, FGedenkstätte Bautzen
• Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten, FGedenkstätte Münchner Platz FDresden
• Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten, FGedenkstätte Pirna-Sonnenstein
• Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische FLandesmuseen Schloss Gottorf
• Stiftung Schloss Eutin
• Stiftung Topographie des Terrors FBerlin


• Technische Universität Eindhoven
• Technoseum, Landesmuseum für FTechnik und Arbeit Mannheim
• Tivola Verlag, Berlin
• Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld


• Übersee-Museum Bremen
• Universität der Künste Berlin
• Universität Hamburg
• Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-FHolstein Campus Lübeck
• Universitätsstadt Marburg
• Universum Managementges. mbH FBremen


• Veloform GmbH Berlin
• Velotaxi GmbH Berlin
• Verborgenes Museum Berlin
• Vertretung der Europäischen FKommission in der Bundesrepublik FDeutschland
• VolkswagenStiftung Hannover


• Wartburg-Stiftung Eisenach
• Whisky & Cigars Berlin
• Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung Bremen
• WonderWolf Productions Düsseldorf
• Worpsweder Touristik- und FKulturmarketing GmbH


• ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum FWirtschaft, Kiel
• ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd FBucerius
• Züricher Hochschule der Künste F(Switzerland)

We admit that it might sound a bit idealistic, but we believe that a good design will have positive effects on our work and life in general. Therefore we sometimes dedicate some of our time and financial resources to implementing one of our own concepts.

This might be an event (e.g. a workshop about luck and felicity at Bazon Brock’s »Denkerei«), a publication (e.g. a richly illustrated monograph about Nelly Sachs together with the writer Aris Fioretos) and sometimes an item surmounting lingual barriers (the sign language card game »Nomo« together with Andy Costrau).

Pursuing our own projects sharpens our design focus, liberates us from restraints for a while and allows us to explore new design areas.

There are many projects waiting to be implemented … stay in touch to see what happens next!

Approaching more and more complex design tasks, we could hardly do without a network of skilled experts, inspiration, and talents. We constantly seek to broaden our horizon and improve the skills of our teams. We would therefore like to encourage you to get in touch and send us an application! Please submit your resume via email and indicate why you think your skills suit our profile.

We offer two internships – one for three-dimensional design, one for two-dimensional/media design. The internships are open for students from all design areas, who need to do an internship for completing their studies. The appropriate duration of the internship is between three and six month. Please give us a call in order to check if the respective positions are vacant and send us your pdf application via email.

If we invite you for an interview, it would be very interesting for us to see how you’ve reached your design conclusions: feel free to show us your sketch books, models, and works in progress.


Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung/Anfrage direkt an:
Jens Lohmann,


Unsere Praktikumsstellen – eine für den dreidimensionalen Bereich, eine für den zweidimensionalen/ medialen Bereich sind für Studenten aller  Gestaltungsdisziplinen vorgesehen – die ein Fachpraktikum im Rahmen ihrer Ausbildung benötigen. Die Dauer sollte zwischen 3 bis 6 Monaten liegen. Bitte versichern Sie sich vorher telefonisch ob entsprechende Stellen frei sind. Ihre Bewerbung schicken sie bitte per Mail und pdf. Sollten sie zu einem Kennenlerngespräch eingeladen werden erleichtert uns die Auswahl, wenn sie darlegen können wie sie zu ihren Ergebnissen gelangt sind, also keine Angst davor Skizzenbücher, Modelle und Zwischenstände vorzustellen.

Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung/Anfrage direkt an:
Jens Lohmann,

gewerkdesign is a member of the following institutions:
IDZ Berlin / VerA/ ICOM/ Museumsbund

Many of our competitions have evolved into projects and some of our projects have won international awards. But of course we don’t win every competition. Nontheless we are proud of the designs submitted to these competitions and consider them quite presentable.

If you plan to invite us for a competition or a negotiation for a project, we would appreciate giving us a short personal notice beforehand. It would make it easier for us to determine, whether the competition’s conditions suit our profile and our capacities.

A comprehensible tender answering all of the basic questions (who, what, where, when, why and how much?), too, will make it easier for us to commit to the competition. As a matter of course, the decision-making procedure should be transparent, the selection should be fair, and the jury should be competent and mentioned by name.

If you are unsure, whether your competition meets the requirements and codes of ethics for design competitions, please refer to the German Architectural Association (Architektenkammer) or the Association of Exhibition Designers VerA for further information.